Bruce's cartoon

[From Bruce Abbott (970801.1045 EST)]

Bruce Gregory (970801.1000 EDT) --

Bruce Abbott (970731.2300 EST)

. . . As a matter of fact, I _do_ like the idea that organisms
control their own perceptual variables.

I was thinking about this statement while mowing the lawn this morning, and
I
recalled a series of cartoons that I saw many years ago. The series was
entitled "mankind discovers the wheel". In the first panel, paleolithic
people
are using carts with four square wheels. In the second panel, one of them
accidentally knocks of the edges off one wheel and creates an almost round
wheel. This makes transportation much easier and in the third panel he is
praised for his marvelvous invention. The last panel shows the scene
twenty years later. The inventor of the wheel gets a brilliant idea. He
replaces
the _other_ three square wheels on his cart with round ones.

By a strange coincidence, I was also mowing the lawn this morning and
thinking about the same problem, and I also recalled a series of cartoons I
had seen many years ago. In the first panel a man is pulling a cart when
one of the boards falls off. This makes the cart easier to pull and in the
third panel he is seen drilling holes in all the wagon's boards. This is
even better, and in the fourth panel he is praised for his invention. The
last two panels show the scene twenty years later. The inventer is rowing
his boat and working up a sweat, when he gets another brilliant idea. In
the last panel he has the boat up on sawhorses and is drilling holes in all
the boat's boards.

Regards,

Bruce